Roger "Rocky" Owen Carpenter|
1948 ~ 2015
Roger "Rocky" Owen Carpenter died March 14, 2015 at his home in Boise at the age of 66.
Rocky was born March 16, 1948 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Pocatello, ID. A few years later, the family moved to Twin Falls, and subsequently to Boise where Rocky spent most of his public school years. He graduated from Borah High School with the Class of 1966. Following high school, Rocky attended Boise State and graduated with a degree in Business/Finance. He enlisted in the Army Guard and completed his military service in the Air Guard.
His entrepreneurial spirit took him along a number of career paths, and his diverse array of passions carried him on many personal adventures and discoveries. But with all the colorful side trips in his life, he became most noted and recognized in the construction field. He developed his career as a premium drywall expert which had roots in the Buhl, ID area, where he was part of a construction team. At that time, he was a co-creator of a multiple-acre cooperative farm. He later moved to Boise and began a construction company with a brother specializing in wall and ceiling construction and remodeling. He was always innovating and strived to keep current on styles, trends and industry standards; so it is no surprise that contracting bath and kitchen remodels became his niche in later years. Rocky especially enjoyed the interaction with homeowners and assisting them in bringing their remodel dreams into reality. He always took interest in others, and it has been said routinely that he never knew a stranger. Rocky was always known for his high integrity and innovative approaches to exceeding expectations.
Rocky was deeply rooted in the community. His connectedness was expressed through volunteer work and support of local non-profits. A most recent love of his was working with the International Rescue Committee through their Boise office. He developed a deep and lasting relationship with a refugee family originally from Myanmar (Burma) which was very satisfying to him until the end of his life.
Rocky is survived by his spouse, Sally Casler; and his brothers, Rick and Bill Carpenter all of Boise. He is also survived by a multitude of cousins residing in Boise, California, Utah, and Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Rescue Committee (Boise office), Animals in Distress Association, Snake River Alliance, Boise State Public Radio, and Idaho Public Television all in Boise.
The family would like to thank First Choice Home Health and Hospice for their loving care of Rocky at the end of his life.
A celebration of Rocky's life will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the PowerHouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise from 3-6 pm.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Rocky's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com. Photo courtesy of Allan R. Ansell
Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 20, 2015